To mark the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's birth, the David and Gladys Wright House, designed by David Wright's famous father, has been pledged to the School of Architecture at Taliesin, the Phoenix New Times reports. The gift to the school, which is planning to create a nonprofit administered by the Phoenix-based Arizona Community Foundation that will be responsible for its Wright House programs, is contingent on $7 million being raised by the end of 2020 for an endowment to help fund operations and a restoration of the building. To that end, the new organization is expected to launch a $15 million capital campaign later this year.
The Marin Community Foundation has announced that its Pirkle Jones Fund, established to honor the late photographer Pirkle Jones, has named Ido Yoshimoto as the seventh recipient of a grant from its visual artist program, which supports emerging and mid-career artists. Yoshimoto, a woodworker, arborist, and artist, will receive a grant of $25,000.
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has announced grants totaling nearly $800,000 in support of fifty-five programs operated by forty-three agencies, including thirty-four reduced-fee "camperships," as well as enrichment, tutorial, and counselor-in-training programs. The grants were largely directed to summer programs focused on youth from Hartford and East Hartford, as well as disabled youth from the greater Hartford region.
The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County has launched an online grant system designed to make the application process easier and more efficient for applicants, reviewers, and staff, the Star Press reports. To assist grantseekers, the foundation will offer software training workshops, with the first two workshops scheduled for June 16. Additional trainings aimed at preparing applicants for changes to the competitive grants process in 2018 are planned for later in the year.
The Landover-based Community Foundation in Prince George's County, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region, has announced that it is hosting a series of site visits in which donors will be treated to a first-hand look at the important work local nonprofits play in meeting the needs of the region's most vulnerable residents. The series, which will run through the end of the year, will feature a range of organizations, including those providing education, safety net, job placement, environmental, and affordable housing services.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has named Deepika Andavarapu as its new research and evaluation officer.
The Pittsburgh Foundation has announced that the Dietrich Foundation Greenville - PA Fund, one of its affiliates, has awarded $17,300 in 2017 grants to area organizations, representing an almost 60 percent increase over last year's total of $10,133. This year's grantees include Downtown Ministries, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, the Greenville Area Historical Society, Greenville Little League, the First Baptist Church, the Good Shepherd Center, Inc., and the Greenville Area Soccer Association.
The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry in Hilton Head has named Daryle Mitchell as a financial associate.
The San Antonio Area Foundation has announced more than $1 million in grants to thirty-six nonprofits working in the areas of children and youth and medicine/health care. Recipients include the ThriveWell Cancer Center, I Care San Antonio, San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind, and Blessed Sacrament Academy.
The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington in Vancouver has named Greg and Michelle Goodwin as its 2017 philanthropists of the year, the Columbian reports. Greg Goodwin is an honorary adviser for the Wayne D. Kuni and Joan E. Kuni Foundation, one of the region's largest private charitable foundations, which recently created a $50 million fund in support of cancer and medical research and efforts to enhance the lives of developmentally disabled adults. Michelle Goodwin helps with a weekly horticulture therapy program at Stephen's Place, an assisted-living facility for people with developmental disabilities; assists at the Unity Center for Behavioral Health at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center; and mentors a child through Friends of the Children. During the event to honor the couple, the foundation also announced the launch of the Giving Out Loud project, through which it shares stories of local residents' philanthropy.